Reading my devotional this morning, and the first line in all caps was, “THIS IS A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU MUST LEARN TO LET GO: of loved ones, of possessions, of control.” I paused and stared at the sentence for a moment – had a little internal argument about not wanting to let go. I kept reading and I knew exactly why God placed these words in front of my eyes today.
On Friday I learned of the passing of a woman that blessed my life in many ways. She hired me for my first job, took me on my first trip with the youth group, invested in my development as a leader, pushed me to walk in my area of gifting, and placed me in various leadership positions. She mentored me, fussed at me, scolded me, applauded me, celebrated me and cared for me. I rolled my eyes during some of her lectures, and she addressed the fact that she knew I didn’t want to hear it, but then reminded me why I needed to hear it. As all of those memories swirled through my mind I wanted to hold on tight. I even spoke the words, “I’m not ready.” Then I read this devotional.
“In order to let go of something that is precious to you, you need to rest in My Presence, where you are complete…your grasping hand gradually opens up, releasing your prized possession into My care.”
So as I mourn, I am learning that my testimony of her impact on my life is one in a line of hundreds, perhaps even thousands, whose lives she touched, shaped, and molded. That the prize she yearned for is now in her possession, and now this is the time that I must LET GO of my earthly experience with her, and look forward to seeing her again someday in the presence of our Savior.
My devotional went on to say, “You can feel secure, even in the midst of cataclysmic changes, through awareness of My continual Presence.”
In this whirlwind of unexpected emotion, unexplained reasoning, extreme sadness and overwhelming busyness – THERE IS HOPE! Our hope is in the Gospel message that tells us what happens when we fall asleep in Christ. Our faith is our comfort that God is with us and He will never leave us or forsake us.
Even in this time I can let go, because I know that there is eternal comfort and security in the Savior. So my prayer is for the family and many other families stricken with grief that they will be comforted with the hope of Christ.
The Bible says to believers who are mourning:
(1 Thessalonians 4)
13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
God bless the family of Georgia “Peaches” McCoy. May the hope and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you now and forever!
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